Birds, Lawn Sprinkling, and Nature

On Saturday, my lawn was again in need of liquid sustenance and I was in watering mode, repositioning sprinklers in half-hour increments.  During one mid-morning trek, there were two birds on my deck railing.  I walked by them slowly, wondering how close I could get before they flew off in fear.  They never did, even though I passed within a couple of feet.  I’m not sure if they are immature, sickly, or both.

This continued for several hours, even when I made no attempt to slow my approach or quiet my steps.  Desiring to snap a photo to share with you, I retrieved my camera.  As I was setting it for an outdoor shot, I heard a loud thud.  Looking up, only one bird remained on the rail, with the other staggering in an apparent daze on the deck next to the window.  Soon his friend fluttered down to join him.

I thought I missed my shot, but 30 minutes later they were again on the railing, where they stayed a few more hours.

Two Mourning Doves on my deck railing

The next day, as I rounded the corner of my house, one of them was sitting in the grass and I almost ran into him.  He studied me carefully before casually flying to a nearby tree.

Sadly, on Monday there was a suspicious pile of feathers in about that same place.  Today, the apparent survivor was alone, randomly walking on my driveway, as though not knowing what to do.  Nature, for all its awesome beauty, can be awfully cruel.

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